Campsite duo forgot to pack for weekend
A couple caused a foulmouthed disturbance at a campsite in Gartmore after realising they had forgotten to pack clothes for the weekend.
Grandmother Jacqueline Aitken (41) and her co-accused Andrew Miller (38) behaved in a threatening and abusive manner while at Cobleland Campsite on May 5.
They were both dealt with at Stirling Sheriff Court on Wednesday morning.
Miller was ordered to undertake 60 hours of unpaid work while Aitken was fined £200.
The court heard how at around 10pm on the night of the incident a loud argument broke out while the pair were in their tent.
Two on-duty campsite assistants heard loud voices coming from their pitch.
Miller could be heard swearing at Aitken before saying: “I’ll deal with you in the morning.” The camping assistants moved on and continued with their checks.
Fiscal depute Laura Knox explained that the camping assistants were then later contacted by a man who was camping with his 10-year-old son around 40ft from the accused.
He said he could hear shouting and swearing coming from their pitch and asked that something be done – so the employees returned and asked that Aitken and Miller keep the noise down.
Aitken was then seen crawling out of the tent before saying that they had paid and didn’t realise that there was a noise policy.
Miller, who was at this point sat in the car, said that his camping partner needed to be lifted.
When one of the employees attempted to open Miller’s car door he told them: “Don’t touch my f ****** car”.
Aitken added: “Just remember. You don’t know where I live but I know where you live.”
The shouting and swearing continued and at around 12.40am police were contacted. When officers arrived the couple were asleep so both were woken, spoken to and detained.
The court heard that the duo, of Bilsland Close in Glasgow, were embarking on a two-day camping trip in the Stirling area.
However, after a night out at the pub, things started to turn sour when they realised that they hadn’t packed clothes or bedding – and they blamed each other for this.
Defence solicitor Ken Dalling, representing Miller, said: “The incident was all over by the time the police arrived.
“It’s not exactly Carry on Camping – but if it was Mr Miller would be well cast in the Kenneth Williams role.
“They are both new to camping and they tried to make things as comfortable as possible, so they purchased a tent, an inflatable bed and even downloaded some Netflix videos to watch.
“They were with their 17-year-old dog, alcohol had been taken, the suitcase had not been packed and the inflatable bed was deflating.”
Mr Dalling added: “Mr Miller tried to remove himself from the situation. As I said, it was all over by the time police arrived.”
Sheriff William Gilchrist fined Aitken and placed Miller on a community payback order after telling them: “Those working at or using the campsite should not have had to put up with this behaviour.”